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House of Commons Speaker Says He Won’t Invite Trump to Address U.K. Parliament (Video)

Posted on Feb 7, 2017

By Natasha Hakimi

Remember last year, when members of the United Kingdom’s Parliament debated whether to let Donald Trump, then merely one presidential candidate among many, enter their nation? We covered it live here, for those of you who missed the discussion.

Well, seems the Brits’ fight against Trump is far from over. Prime Minister Theresa May faces stark resistance from the British public and her fellow parliamentarians for inviting the president to visit. Since her trip to the U.S. as the first world leader to visit the new president, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has been leading a call to ban Trump from visiting the U.K. More than 1.5 million people have signed a petition on the subject, thousands protested outside May’s residence after the “Muslim ban” was issued, and even Prince Charles has delivered a “veiled warning over Donald Trump.”

And the resistance spread Monday all the way to the House of Commons, where Speaker John Bercow said that the controversial politician now leading the U.S. has not “earned” the right to address either house of Parliament, a comment that received a raucous round of applause and an exclamation of “Well done!” Watch Bercow’s rousing speech, in which he denounces Trump’s sexism and racism, below.

 

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